Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2005, 11:02
Category: Mobile Phone
AT&T customers who lost their phone or want to replace it with a new phone…
For those of you who are still an AT&T wireless customers and hasn’t switch to Cingular system yet because of many personal reasons there is a good news. The good news is you do not have to switch to Cingular even if you lose your phone and SIM card or damaged it.
Lets face it. The reason many of you are loyal customers because either you love your cheap but excellent plan or simply just do not want to change to Cingular plan even if your contract is up. What happens when you lose your phone and SIM card or damage your phone or just want have a new model of GSM phone. Many will run to Cingular and since AT&T has no longer any SIM card or phone, they will tell you to switch to Cingular and sign a new contract.
And then there are those of you who want to keep your plan by purchasing a new SIM card or a new UNLOCKED phone. All you have to do is put your old SIM card on the new unlocked phone and you are set!
The problem is many people do not know that they have that option. Many do not even know if there phone is GSM or TDMA system. One way to find out is by taking the battery out of the phone and you will see a small chip. If you phone has the SIM card then it is GSM and if it does not have it then it is probably TDMA. If it is TDMA system then your options are limited but if your phone is GSM system then you can buy unlocked phones from sites like Romeohifi.com and 1worldgift.com or Oneworldgift.com. They some of the latest models of GSM unlocked phones that works with T-Mobile, AT&T or Cingular and many of them works in Overseas as well. Romeohifi.com also sells AT&T SIM card as well.
Before you purchase any phone, first check with your carrier and find out what frequency they offer in you area. Is it 850 or 1900MHz. T-Mobile in USA offers 1900MHz. AT&T and Cingular offers 850MHz or 1900MHz. Make sure the phone that you purchase has those freqency. For those of you who travel a lot you many need quadband phone because also has 900 and 1800MHz.
It is also a good idea to copy your contact numbers on a spare SIM card just in case if your phone dies or if you lose it, you will have a back up copy. If you have a TDMA or CDMA phone then copy your contact list on your PC.